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Issued at 23/10/2014 7:43am. Valid till 24/10/2014 6pm

Queenstown

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
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Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
New snow this evening will be transported about by gale force S to SW winds. Snow fall totals are expected to be light. Observations at this time of year a limited, take a conservative approach to entries from the ridge-line to lee aspects for the next 24 hrs.

Secondary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
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Highest Danger Rating
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Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
There has been a good frost overnight with new snow expected over the next 24 hrs. There will be minimal softening today with the cooler airflow, however be cautious around avalanche run out zones. If in doubt choose ridge-lines to access the backcountry. The snow line is disappearing fast at present, watch for areas of creep and glide, be cautious you are not surprised by a huge gap on your slope. Know what is just over that rollover.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
A few recent observations, new snow and warm day temperatures has seen an increase in wet slide avalanche events at several locations. Please note, any new sighting or observations would be gladly accepted as observations have been limited. If you see something add it to our regional page !

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
The base of the snowpack is well settled. Spring corn conditions on most aspects with another good frost overnight. Areas of windslab will developed on lee aspects from afternoon, day temperatures are expect to be cooler today and snow showers predicted this afternoon/evening. Be cautious of hidden hazards that may be covered by a thin layer of new snow. Take note of the recent temperatures and adjust your timing to suit the conditions.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Cloud building this morning with snow to 500 m this afternoon/evening. Winds from the NW at gale force, turning SW later and increasing in strength. The freezing level lowering to 900 m tonight.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Temperatures will be cooler over the next few days, you will expect to find hard icy conditions early morning and perhaps most of the day. Remember a fall in these types of conditions can lead to an uncontrollable high speed slide. For added safety pack an ice axe and crampons for the coming days.

Forecast by Chris Cochrane

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